Patrick Kobler, an AFF-Dallas board member and program coordinator at the George W. Bush Institute wrote up a summary of the AFF-Dallas Markets, Energy and The Environment event on September 11 on the Bush Institute’s blog (re-posted below). Original content is from this site.
Investing in Young Minds: AFF Discusses Energy and Growth with Dallas Young Professionals
On the eve of The 4% Growth Project’s energy regulation conference, several Bush Institute fellows and staff gathered for a panel discussion on how the energy sector can power America’s economic growth.
Hosted by the Dallas Chapter of America’s Future Foundation (AFF) – a nonprofit that promotes the ideals of the free market system to area young professionals – the discussion attracted over 40 Dallas young professionals. Moderated by the Bush Institute’s Director of Operations Michael McMahan, who served in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Bush, panelists engaged in topics ranging from creating markets for environmental protection, to the effectiveness of proposed carbon taxes, and how liquefied natural gas exports could help the economy. The young professionals in attendance got a front row seat to experts from the field and a preview to the impactful discussions that would take place from dawn until dusk the following day at the Bush Institute conference.
The event included Q & A with three economic experts, including Bush Institute Research Fellow Matt Denhart, author of the recent Growth and Immigration: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics. Beyond his expertise on the impact of immigration on America’s economy, Denhart brought forth his research on energy and growth to stimulate an intense discussion about how regulation can be better structured to both achieve stronger economic growth and improve environmental quality.
Dr. Falaschetti, Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center and also a Bush Institute fellow, brought a unique perspective to the discussion with his background in environmental issues. While many often consider advocates of the environment and proponents of the free market at odds, Dr. Falaschetti set the record straight:, “Good energy policy is green policy.” Believing environmental resources and the growth of energy and markets can work in tandem, Dr. Falaschetti provided a fresh insight on the issues facing today’s energy sector.
The Bush Institute believes that its initiatives – designed to spread freedom at home and abroad – are amplified when the Dallas community is involved. This sentiment was echoed by panelist Bruce Bullock, director of the Maguire Energy Institute at the SMU Cox School of Business. Specifically referencing the relationship between the Bush Center and SMU, Bullock believes the partnership provides students “the opportunity to meet the key [people] in city and government,” an opportunity that they “would not otherwise have.”
Last week’s event marked the third time this year that Bush Institute fellows and staff have presented before AFF Dallas, furthering President Bush’s belief that: “the marketplace is the best way to allocate resources.” In February, Amity Shlaes, Director of The 4% Growth Project, met with the AFF Dallas to discuss her bestselling book Coolidge and in July Dr. Eric Bing, Senior Fellow and Director of Global Health, met with the group to present free market solutions to global health issues, many of which are discussed in his recent book Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty.
The promise of young minds inspires us to better every human life, and investing in young leaders creates an impact that will last far beyond our lifetime. The Bush Institute is honored to be a part of the Dallas community, and looks forward to investing in young minds through engagement with SMU and by partaking in action-orientated discussions with the city’s young professionals.
AFF Pittsburgh kicked off the fall with a roundtable about the influence of third parties. Over 20 young professionals gathered to hear doctoral candidate Anthony Comegna tell the story of the Locofocos fraction of the Democratic Party in the early 19th century. All were amazed to learn how many similarities exist between those early activists and today’s tea party. The Locofocos believed the mainstream political parties were letting Americans down by failing to defend principles like liberty, self-reliance and limited government. Thanks to the Locofocos, the national conversation changed as they forced politicians to debate the abolition of slavery and abolishing the U.S. Bank. Guests left encouraged that third parties and party factions can have a large influence on national politics.
On August 13, AFF-Columbus hosted Professor Robert Lawson, co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World index and the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom at the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University, for an intimate round-table discussion on economic freedom.
Lawson discussed how the United States has fallen from its peak ranking of two on the index to 18 most recently, and contemplated whether standards of living in the U.S. would fall with it. Lawson’s talk was followed by a spirited question and answer session and a discussion among attendees about the future of economic freedom in the United States.
AFF-Chicago, along with allies and co-hosts Illinois Policy Institute and Chicago Young Republicans, packed Hub 51 for the sold out reception with Reason contributor and Stossel correspondent Kennedy. Promoting her new book – The Kennedy Chronicles – Kennedy entertained the audience with stories of wild encounters with celebrities, pro athletes and media personalities during her time as a VJ on MTV’s “Alternative Nation,” as well as discussing contemporary political issues such as the future of libertarianism, expansive government and economic mismanagement. Those in attendance were riveted with Kennedy’s bold, pull-no-punches commentary and enjoyed the opportunity to network with other like-minded supporters of liberty. AFF-Chicago loved seeing so many new and young faces eagerly waiting to hear from a personality as colorful and magnetic as Kennedy’s.
More than 45 young professionals gathered on Tuesday night to hear Dr. Eric Bing discuss free-market solutions to global health care problems at Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village. One of the young professionals in attendance, Sarah Bennett, works for Park Cities People, a local news outlet, and covered the event. To read her report, please visit this site.
Patrick Kobler, an AFF-Dallas board member and program coordinator at the George W. Bush Institute also wrote up a summary of the event on the Bush Institute’s blog (re-posted below). Original content is from this site.
Save a Woman’s Life – Making a Cure as Common as a Coca-Cola
There are few places on earth someone can’t grab a Coke or buy a mobile phone. In fact, Coca-Cola is sold in every country but two and almost everyone in the world (even 80% of people in poor countries) has access to a mobile phone. Despite the wide availability of these products even in remote locations, why can’t most women in developing countries get a life-saving screening for cervical cancer? A test for early signs of cervical cancer needs only a few drops of vinegar and the sharp eye of a trained person, and can cost less than fifty cents. If the lesion is caught early, a woman’s life can be saved by freezing the cervical lesion off much like you would a wart. How can we make simple solutions in health as ubiquitous as the sugary solution we call Coke?
This oft overlooked parallel of accessibility opened Director of Global Health for the Bush Institute Dr. Eric G. Bing’s presentation to the Dallas Chapter of America’s Future Foundation Tuesday evening. Speaking before a crowd of Dallas area young professionals who meet to promote the belief that the marketplace is the best way to allocate resources, the recent co-author of Pharmacy on a Bicycle emphasized the role of proven business models in solving health problems at home and abroad.
According to Dr. Bing, “This is a global issue we must address with both research and action.” As it stands, 80 percent of Zambian women who develop cervical cancer eventually die from it. Yet, it can be easily prevented and treated once developed. Consider the rarity of death from cervical cancer in the United States.
A free market conversation evolved from postulations on policy into an emotional urgency when Dr. Bing spoke about his motivation to eradicate unnecessary deaths caused by cervical cancer. A visionary global health researcher, Dr. Bing shared the story of a young, poor woman. She was left abandoned as a baby and later worked as a domestic servant to support her children. Working tirelessly, she neglected light spotting, which eventually turned into heavy bleeding. When she finally saw a doctor, it was discovered she had cervical cancer, and that it had spread throughout her body. This woman – an American woman – died of an easily preventable and treatable condition. She was Dr. Bing’s mother.
His mother’s passing left Dr. Bing with a mission: to prevent and treat diseases that need not kill. To help ensure no mother is without access to affordable and simple health solutions.
On Tuesday, Dr. Bing solicited ideas from Dallas young professionals to advance his mission. In Zambia – a country with nearly 13 million people – there are only 45 gynecologists, of whom only one is a formally-trained cancer surgeon. Dr. Bing asked, “how can we use free market ideals to solve this?”
On a normal Tuesday evening, many young professionals talk about sports and hopeful weekend ventures. But with purpose and an inspired desire to provide “freedom from disease” for the poor, the Dallas AFF engaged in an action-oriented discussion. Professionals from a diverse set of backgrounds, education and employment expressed ideas and formulated solutions: create incentives, encourage private investment, promote public-private partnerships, and train Zambians who are not formal doctors to screen for cervical cancer – a lifesaving medical procedure that takes two weeks and no literacy skills to master.
Under the direction of Dr. Bing, the Bush Institute is incorporating many of these free market ideals in its Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PPPR) initiative, a public-private partnership that aims to save women from cervical and breast cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Programs such as PPPR are having an impact, but there is much work to be done. We cannot stop until every life is saved from easily preventable and treatable diseases like cervical cancer.
Under current conditions, estimates show it would take over a decade to screen every Zambian woman between 30 – 49 year old for cervical cancer, at a great cost and reliance on government and donors. Simple free market solutions can change this. Efficiency can save a nation. We need to continue finding ways to make something as important as a cervical cancer screening as accessible as a Coca-Cola and a cell phone.
This will take motivated individuals from a multitude of places, which is why the Bush Institute will continue to engage across the globe and within its own backyard. Efficiency and the free market can improve health access and save countless women – perhaps even your mother.
So the next time you pop open a Coke think to yourself, “what simple solution can save a life?”
Patrick Kobler is a member of the George W. Bush Institute’s Education Reform Initiative and a board member of the Dallas Chapter of America’s Future Foundation. You can follow him on Twitter at @patrickkobler.
It was standing room only on June 27th in Austin, where young professionals gathered for some craft beer and AFF-Austin’s panel discussion on technology in the age of government overreach. With a barrage of recent scandals involving government surveillance and increasing attempts to regulate electronic communications, Max Borders of the Foundation for Economic Education moderated a timely discussion on individual liberty in the information age. Three panelists (Gregory Foster, VP at Electronic Frontier Foundation-Austin, Daniel Krawisz, Co-founder of the Crypto Anarchy Club at the University of Texas at Austin, and Josh Kerr, Co-Founder & CEO at Written and a Partner at the Capital Factory) discussed topics from cryptography to the Fourth Amendment, and government monitoring to Google Glass. To learn more about this event or future AFF-Austin events, please contact Arif Panju at email@example.com.
On July 23, AFF Atlanta hosted University of Georgia Economics Professor and CATO Institute Senior Fellow George Selgin who spoke on the topic of “The Federal Reserve: A Century of Failure?” Dr. Selgin gave an enlightened and enthusiastic presentation to a large and interested audience. He entertained the audience with thought provoking research on the performance of the Federal Reserve since its founding in 1913.
Attendees very much enjoyed the event which can be viewed online here.
35 young professionals gathered on July 10 to hear Chris Littleton, State President of American Majority Action, speak about the benefits of right-to-work laws. He specifically talked about the debate in Ohio, which is currently not a right-to-work state. He discussed how states with right-to-work laws have greater economic growth and a higher living standard than states without such laws. He also discussed why anti-right-to-work laws inherently limit personal freedom. A lively question and answer session followed his talk. To learn more about this event or upcoming AFF-Columbus events, please contact Alex Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by acclaimed science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, the discussion led by AFF-Chicago Chairman Eric Kohn, Hynds and attorney/author Michael Lotus revolved around the libertarian themes and philosophy peppered throughout the novel.
Hynds explained how his musical piece was inspired by a single moment of artificial intelligence “coming to life,” while the panel also discussed the political evolution of Heinlein throughout his career and how it shaped his writing.
The crowd in attendance engaged in a lively Q&A afterwards while socializing during and after the event.
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AFF- Columbus partnered with The Manhattan Institute on June 4 to discuss Over-Criminalization in Ohio. Senate Majority Whip Larry Obhof, Justice Paul Pfeifer and Maurice Thompson (founder of the 1851 Center) spoke to a packed house at the Athletic Club in downtown Columbus. Most of the individuals in attendance came to this event with little understanding of what over-criminalization was and what it meant in Ohio, but they left with a clear understanding of how a crime should be defined, how criminal punishment should be appropriately used, and whether Ohioans should be subject to criminal penalties when they do not intend to break the law.
The event was also sponsored by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, the Columbus Chapter of the Federalist Society, The Buckeye Institute, The Texas Public Policy Foundation and The Heritage Foundation.
For more information on future AFF-Columbus events please contact Alex Goodman at email@example.com.
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